Callie Elward-Barrett, pronouns she/her, is a neurodivergent neurodiversity advocate!

Callie has acted in various Assistant Secretary positions at the Department of Health and Aged Care, and has led research, design, and development of multiple platforms, pathways, and communications for people who experience barriers in accessing health services.

Callie actively promotes and models inclusive work practices for neurodivergent staff. She educates on the role of leaders in creating practices that enable NDers to succeed, and harnessing the incredible strengths diverse approaches bring to delivering better Government policy and programs.

She has recently established and Chairs the Health Neurodiversity Community of Practice, is a founding member of the APS-wide Neurodiversity of Practice, and was an SES signatory on the inclusion of a Neurodiversity question in the APS Census. She is a firm believer that the APS should lead the way in inclusive work places.

Prior to working with Government, Callie worked in the Community Sector with both state and territory governments, and not for profit organisations. She started her professional life as a Police Officer in England and then in South Australia.

She has a successful podcast about adult ADHD and what it is like to get a late diagnosis, with all of the challenges it can bring.

Callie identifies as having lived experience with disability, and as the parent of a child with disability